2013-04-01 / Local

Phippsburg official faces OUI suspicion

BY BETH BROGAN Bangor Daily News

PHIPPSBURG

A Phippsburg Budget Committee member was arrested Friday and charged with operating under the influence.

Michael W. Rice, 51, of Phippsburg allegedly crashed his car into a swamp just south of Morningside Cemetery on Parker Head Road. He is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court on May 21.

Phippsburg Police Chief John Skroski said Rice called him on his cellphone just before 3 p.m. Friday to report he had driven into a swampy area just south of Morningside Cemetery on Parker Head Road, Skroski said Saturday.

Upon arrival, he found all four wheels of Rice’s vehicle submerged in the swamp. Skroski said Rice allegedly smelled of alcohol and was slurring his words.

Rice allegedly failed a field sobriety test, so Skroski took Rice to the Bath Police Department for an intoxilyzer test, and issued a summons charging him with operating under the influence.

He was released on personal recognizance. FOR MORE, see the Bangor Daily

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